Agilent Technologies (A) Shares Gap Down to $68.07

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) gapped down before the market opened on Tuesday . The stock had previously closed at $69.75, but opened at $68.07. Agilent Technologies shares last traded at $66.64, with a volume of 3548027 shares.

A has been the subject of a number of research reports. Evercore ISI initiated coverage on Agilent Technologies in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. They set an “outperform” rating and a $75.00 target price for the company. Barclays reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $74.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Monday, January 8th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $76.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Thursday, January 18th. JPMorgan Chase lifted their target price on Agilent Technologies from $75.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, February 15th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $72.20.

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The company has a quick ratio of 2.78, a current ratio of 3.23 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40. The stock has a market cap of $21,783.26, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.24, a P/E/G ratio of 2.32 and a beta of 1.31.



Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 14th. The medical research company reported $0.66 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.58 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $1.21 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.16 billion. Agilent Technologies had a return on equity of 17.70% and a net margin of 4.25%. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.53 earnings per share. analysts expect that Agilent Technologies will post 2.71 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 25th. Investors of record on Tuesday, April 3rd will be given a dividend of $0.149 per share. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.89%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, April 2nd. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 25.42%.

In other news, Director Heidi Fields sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $68.09, for a total value of $340,450.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 57,563 shares in the company, valued at $3,919,464.67. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO Michael R. Mcmullen sold 21,850 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $75.00, for a total value of $1,638,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 324,687 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $24,351,525. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 44,550 shares of company stock valued at $3,225,202.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Leucadia National Corp purchased a new stake in shares of Agilent Technologies during the fourth quarter worth approximately $1,647,000. State of Alaska Department of Revenue increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 190.2% during the fourth quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 57,154 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $3,826,000 after purchasing an additional 37,460 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 8.1% during the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 25,665,358 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $1,718,808,000 after purchasing an additional 1,912,186 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 1.7% during the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 558,724 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $37,418,000 after purchasing an additional 9,438 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Sciencast Management LP increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 30.9% during the fourth quarter. Sciencast Management LP now owns 18,148 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $1,326,000 after purchasing an additional 4,279 shares in the last quarter.

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Agilent Technologies Company Profile

Agilent Technologies, Inc provides application focused solutions to the life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets worldwide. It operates in three segments: Life Sciences and Applied Markets, Diagnostics and Genomics, and Agilent CrossLab. The Life Sciences and Applied Markets segment offers liquid chromatography systems and components; liquid chromatography mass spectrometry systems; gas chromatography systems and components; gas chromatography mass spectrometry systems; inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instruments; atomic absorption instruments; microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometry instruments; inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry instruments; raman spectroscopy; microfluidics based automated electrophoresis products; cell analysis plate based assays; laboratory software and informatics systems; laboratory automation; dissolution testing; vacuum pumps; and measurement technologies.

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